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A Murder of Crows

Maree Clarkson

Tarlton, South Africa

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Parker Fountain pen with black ink and W & N Watercolour on Visual 200gsm – 12″ × 8″
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A collection of crow sketches done on a Textured back-ground from Boccacino, which I first printed onto watercolour paper and then did the sketch on top of that.
In memory of Coco, my Black Crow, who spent 20 years with me.

Crows are very close to my heart and although cultures around the world may regard the crow as a scavenger, bad omen, or simply a nuisance, this bad reputation might overshadow what could be regarded as the crow’s most striking characteristic – its intelligence.

While it’s undeniable that crows and ravens are birds of mystery, surprisingly, scientific study of these creatures is limited at best, although recent interest has spurred. Ravens understandably are a tough research subject. They are witty, secretive, have large ranges, and are usually in mountainous terrain that is difficult to traverse. But crows? They’re everywhere. Yet, subjected to obvious prejudices and most just don’t find them to be a charismatic research subject. Scientists, however, are starting to acknowledge the intrigue of crows, as well as their experimental potential. More and more studies and writings are surfacing from the scientific community on these Corvids. Yet, even though such studies can provide insights into the essence of these animals, often more questions become apparent rather than answers.


 22nd March 2011 – FEATURED in “Fine Arts”
21st June 2011 – FEATURED in “Shameless Self-Promotion”
22nd June 2011 – FEATURED in “International Superheroes of Drawing”
10th September 2011 – FEATURED in “The Pen & Ink Corner”
30th September 2013 – FEATURED by RedBubble in “EXPLORE”

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